3Xs+ playing a tune more times?
I’m assuming most of you typically play sets of tunes in your regular sessions. About three tunes per set, either three times each; or two times on a tune with more than the usual AABB.
My question is, ‘if and when a tune is played more than 3 times, do you even do this?’ I realise it helps reduce trainwrecks if everyone in the session knows when to expect a new tune change. So, the norm of three times makes practical sense. But I appreciate when 3Xs is just not enough & everyone gets the clue to "play it again"; sometimes more than once (4,5 or more).
It’s not too difficult to extend one tune in a set, unless it is not usually done in a session. Lately my regular session has tended to do the 3tunes 3Xs… But last night hell broke loose; & I liked it. A few tunes were played the usual number of times & a particular box player wanted to keep those tunes going 4 or 5 times. It was refreshing to break the mold. I think there may have been mixed emotions but it seemed to me the extended play tunes got some well deserved attention & the session (as a whole) felt more comfortable in playing those tunes, more times.
Have you experienced this in your regular session? Is three times per tune enough or does your session sometimes play a tune several times & the experience improves with each time? Sure it doesn’t always work. But do you stick to a fixed number of repeats "every" night or do you change it up sometimes?